Perfumes can give you an instant confidence boost with just one simple spritz, but finding your signature scent can be quite daunting with the wide array of musky, floral, fruity, citrusy and even woody notes to choose from. That’s where our panel of Her World Beauty Awards 2018 judges come in.
They’ve spritzed and sniffed just about every fragrance out there – from timeless scents to unconventional fragrances like black coffee and sea salt. Scroll through the gallery to see which scent tops the Her World Beauty Awards 2018 chart for best perfume.
Best women’s fragrance of the year (Editors’ choice) – Chanel Gabrielle Chanel EDP ($180-$258)
The brand’s first new fragrance in 15 years radiates warm, positive energy. A heady floral blend of orange blossom, ylang-ylang, tuberose and jasmine, this is a scent that’s ultra-feminine and proud of it.
Best women’s fragrance of the year (Bloggers’ choice) – YSL Beaute Black Opium EDP ($229)
“Glamorous” and “free-spirited” are qualities that come to mind for this sexy gourmand fragrance,which has notes of black coffee accord, orange blossom, cedarwood and patchouli. Dries down to a sweet, powdery finish.
The four key notes of orange blossom, ylang-ylang, tuberose and jasmine are tweaked and blended to create a deep, floral bouquet. White musk, sandalwood, citrus and berries add further layers to this rich fragrance.
Best sophisticated fragrance (Bloggers’ choice) – Prada La Femme EDP ($225)
Putting a spicy twist on regular floral scents, this sensual and intense fragrance opens with a burst of sweet frangipani before the richer, earthier notes of ylang-ylang, beeswax, tuberose and vetiver ground it in a creamy, floriental finish.
Best sophisticated fragrance (Readers’ choice) – Kenzo World EDP ($96-$164)
You won’t quite know where to place this scent at first whiff – fresh floral, musky floral, or sweet wood? Then as the notes of peony, Egyptian jasmine and amber develop and mingle, you realise it’s all three.
Best fruity-floral fragrance (Editors’ choice) – Nina Ricci Luna Blossom EDT ($132)
A great day-to-night fragrance, it starts off fresh with bergamot and nashi pear before the warm floral notes of magnolia, peony and jasmine come to the fore. Musk and cedarwood give it a soft, seductive trail.
Best modern classic fragrance (Bloggers’ choice) – YSL Beaute Black Opium EDP ($229)
Inspired by the energy and drive of youth to seek out new experiences, this intense, full-bodied scent juxtaposes notes of orange blossom and patchouli with black coffee and sandalwood for an inviting, sensual finish.